Carteret County

BEAUFORT — Carteret County commissioners have declared a state of emergency in response to the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

The proclamation came Thursday and followed suit with other state and local government declarations.  

In a release announcing the state of emergency, County Manager Tommy Burns “discouraged” travel to the coast to help prevent the spread of the respiratory illness.

“Based on the recommendations, the County discourages travel to the coast at this time to reduce the possible community spread of COVID-19,” he stated. “Our County Government, municipalities and community businesses are working diligently to maintain resources for the health and everyday provisions of permanent residents.”

The resolution does not seem to go so far as to ban visitors, as several other areas have done in recent days, including Dare County, which has restricted access to visitors, and Ocracoke Island in Hyde County.

“In an effort to curb the spread of disease as well as not overwhelm our local medical providers and facilities, we are discouraging entry into our County by those who are not residents and property owners of the County,” the commissioners said in the proclamation. “While we realize that this decision comes with tremendous impacts and restrictions, we feel that discouraging travel to our County at this time is in the best interest of public safety.”

The County asks residents to continue to follow the recommendations of the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the NC Department of Health and Human Services, including:

  • Reduce the risk of person-to-person transmission by practicing social distancing measures.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available.
  • Individuals who are sick should always cover their coughs and sneezes using a tissue or the crook of their elbow.
  • Individuals who are sick should stay home.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth.

For more information on COVID-19, including symptoms and treatment, call the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services at 866-462-3821, the Coronavirus Response in North Carolina website at or the CDC website at

(15) comments

David Collins

There goes the tourism industry for 2020 . Nothing quite a bunch of folks from all over bringing the virus here . Same goes for the Wake and Mecklenburg county folks as well . Pretty sure we will see more cases but do not need to add to the fire . Don’t be a dumb a** like those spring breakers in Florida . Going to be interesting fo watch the results of their stupidity . Yeah , and they are supposedly mature enough to be allowed to vote . Sure they are .


The virus itself is largely a nothingburger. The only reason why everyone is reacting is due to mainstream media fear mongering. Far more people die from the "normal" flu each year with millions being infected, and we don't shut the place down. Stay home if you're sick, frequently wash your hands, and go about your business as usual. We would have been far better to simply let it run it's course vs the economic damage from panicking.


Wrong. The flu kills 1/10 of one percent who contract it. COVID-19 kills 2-4% who contract it. And scientists know little to nothing about COVID-19 while they know a lot about influenza. 23,000 died this flu season. If the infection rate continues to double every few days for a few weeks we’ll see several millions infected and 100,00-500,00 deaths.


Why are our gyms packed to full capacity but restaurants are closed?


Gyms are closing


I deal a lot with the businesses in Carteret County and you would not believe the people coming in town this weekend from Raleigh, Wake Forest, Chapel Hill not including the New Yorkers that have second homes here!!

Do these people realize these homes are not their permanent homes. We need people to enforce these restrictions! And right now who cares that there’s going to be some money lost. I rather be broke and alive rather than rich and dead!!

David Collins

Last I checked , people are free to come and go at will . Sure , it would be considerate if they held off for a bit but no way to stop them . Guarantee the real estate rental folks will still rent to anyone with the money , wonder if their money back insurance covers pandemics . Rental units are businesses and should be required to follow the same new restrictions imposed by our esteemed Governor . Pretty sure the liability lawyers are lining up to take on cases of negligence that will surely arise before it’s over . Anyhoo , life goes on .


8000 deaths a month from medical errors. Yet we don't see empty hospitals. 98000 deaths a year. Deaths that should not have happened. Yet the media does not report on this epidemic. Inquiring minds want to know.

David Collins

Aren’t we getting our commas and decimal points mixed up Genious . Just a little bit.

Jelly is right . We must keep these foreign invaders out of “our “ part of the world even if they are lawful property owners . Gotta do it right now and by any means possible . A well chosen moniker if there ever was one .

Panic takes over after sense departs .

Big Fat Drunk Republican

Preach on David Collins!

It would be nice to see the hotels and rental agents in the area close their doors like Florida beaches have finally done,

It’s unfortunate travelers and tourist coming to the area are being reckless with regard to others.

I’m hopeful if infected I’m not in the 2% of those infected that take a drastic turn for the worse.

Some of you may think no big deal, but 1-5 million dead within months from this pandemic is serious.

Stay healthy folks!


This morning the Mayor of Pine Knoll Shores posted the following message on Pine Shores Facebook page:

"A MESSAGE FROM MAYOR KEN JONES Good afternoon everyone. This morning I contacted the Chairman of the Carteret County Board of Commissioners. I requested that Carteret County close off all access to the county, similar to what we have seen Dare County do already. I also spoke to a member of the Governor's staff and told him that Pine Knoll Shores supports a complete state-wide lock down, as has been done in both New York and California. I understand that these are steps that will cause hardship, even severe hardship, on many. And I know PKS has many second homeowners who would like to come here. But it is clear we are in a true life-and-death situation. If there was ever a time for a drastic restriction on travel to limit the spread of this virus, it is now! We and the other local governments tried closing public beach accesses. We tried to discourage people from coming to Carteret County. Based off the crowds we saw yesterday it is clear that this passive approach will not work. Each time we think we need to do something, and then hesitate, in a matter of days it becomes an imperative. I will push to have these restrictions implemented every day until the County and/or State Government takes action. This is a bad time. Take care of each other. Mayor Ken Jones Pine Knoll Shores, NC"



As Mayor Ken Jones of Pine Knoll Shore hypocritically cuts the throats of the non-resident property owners in PKS (who own most of the real property in the town) he dismisses both their constitutional rights and the fact that he and the town commissioners gleefully accept the tax revenue non-resident owners pay, both property and sales taxes, while treating them as second class citizens. I myself (and my wife) as well as many or most of the rest of Mayor Jones’ lower class of citizens are beyond the age of 65. I suppose Mayor Jones doesn’t mind discriminating against this group since they have no power to voice their distain of his proposed actions through the ballot box. We’ve owned a home and paid taxes on it in PKS for almost 20 years. Mayor Jones’ proposal to keep out non-resident property owners is the most BS I’ve seen in this town since we bought our home. We’re here in PKS now (following social distancing guidelines) because we felt safe. Based on Mayor Jones’ actions it appears we are far from safe here. We live in PKS about half of every month of the year. We’ve made good friends here plus support local stores, restaurants and events. Mayor Jones is taking a reckless and discriminatory stance on this issue and I hope other second class non-resident property owners will make that clear to him.


I agree whole heartedly.......We need to CLOSE the County to all visitors !

David Collins

Not preaching , BFDR , sarcasm . 1-5 million , mostly aging boomers would make it perhaps some kind of a record for wealth transfer . Would it not ? All those newly minted millionaires floating about without a clue of how to manage it all . Wonder what and how the next gen. would deal with that ? From the depths of disparity comes opportunity . There is always a sunny side . I like sunny sides . What are you going to do with your $1200. Takeouts from the pub ?


No tourists are welcome during this virus issue. We do our part; their staying away is theirs.

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